A political action committee, Citizens for an Accountable Austin, is underwriting a drive that has gathered nearly enough signatures to ask voters on the Nov. 6 ballot if they favor an independent audit of all city government functions.
Senior U.S. District Judge David Ezra in San Antonio this week sentenced former state Sen. Carlos Uresti to 12 years in prison for his role in a fraud and money laundering scheme. Ezra also ordered Uresti, who resigned from the Texas Senate nine days ago, to pay $6.3 million in restitution to the victims of FourWinds Logistics, an oilfield services company for which Uresti served as general counsel. The judge allowed Uresti to remain free on bond as he awaits trial later this year on a bribery charge related to the investment scheme.
The Austin City Council, shortly after 3:45 am Friday morning, directed City Manager Spencer Cronk to begin negotiating with Precourt Sports Ventures to try to bring Major League Soccer to the city. The council agreed to review the negotiation and, if satisfied, be prepared to vote on a deal at its Aug. 9 meeting.
The Texas Attorney General’s office this week announced that three Valley residents were arrested following an investigation of a voter fraud scheme that took place during the 2016 City of Hidalgo runoff election. This is the latest in a series of voter fraud investigations that experts attribute to legislation signed into law last year and to a newly created voter fraud team in the attorney general’s office. Many of the investigations are based on problems with mail-in ballots.
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